Who We Are

Capitol Hill Lutheran Church is a congregation in the East Village of Des Moines, Iowa.  Our members were born on five different continents and are from 23 different countries and live throughout the metro area.  We celebrate our cultural and ethnic diversity in all that we do.  This makes things a little messy from time to time, but we think that’s a genuine expression of the body of Christ.  And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Capitol Hill Lutheran is the result of a merger of immigrant churches — Norwegian (Central Lutheran) and Swedish (First Lutheran).  These congregations were safe havens for Latvians in the 1950s, Vietnamese refugees in the 1970s, and Sudanese refugees in the 1990s.  They assisted in providing resettlement services to refugees of these and other countries by assisting with housing, education, food, and clothing for families in need.

Since the merger in 2001, Capitol Hill has continued to be a place for these refugees to worship and participate as full members of the congregation.  Capitol Hill Lutheran is in partnership with Lutheran Services in Iowa to offer weekly English language classes to refugees and immigrants in our building.  This past year, immigrants from the country of Eritrea have started worshipping here as well.  Today we offer worship services in four languages.  God continues to provide new opportunities for our congregation to become more diverse and more welcoming.

We are proud that, for generations, our congregation has been blessed by the presence of refugees and immigrants.  We will, through the power of the Holy Spirit, continue to be a place where people of all nations will experience the grace and love of Jesus Christ.